Lesson Plan Overview
Get Into The Game
How Bad Can It Get?
Life Is Starting To Change
Elasticity and Collapse
Food Without Oil
Preparation and Community
Your World Without Oil
How Bad Can It Get?
It's now been a few weeks since the announcement that the world was running short of oil. Fuel prices continue to rise in anticipation of when actual supplies start to run short. It's becoming clear that there is no quick fix to the shortage, but many citizens are starting to hoard fuel anyway. Tensions are starting to rise.
In this and succeeding lessons, you present developments in the oil crisis as though they were really happening, and ask the students to deal realistically with these developments in their own lives. As they try to anticipate what will happen next in the crisis, they will naturally explore the relationships between lifestyle and resources. As their inquiry brings up topics and issues, you can use the resources we provide to enhance students' understanding.
Before the Lesson
Part 1: Set the Stage
Student Page for this lesson is here:
This page summarizes ideas and instructions for students.
Part 5: Take It Further
Distribute this to your students:
Some of life's best lessons are learned by listening to the words of those who
have experienced events that have shaped our world. To take it further
today, find a parent, grandparent, or family friend that remembers the 1973
and/or 1979 oil crises. What exactly do they remember? How did they
have to change their lives? Are they surprised that the United States continues to be so dependent on oil? Do they think the lessons of the
1970s have been lost, and if so, why? Share the responses through your blog, a
video interview, or a podcast.
National Standards (McREL)
Overarching (All Lessons)
Understands the search for community, stability, and peace in an interdependent world
Level IV (Grades 9-12), Benchmark 2:
Understands rates of economic development and the emergence of different economic systems around the globe (e.g., systems of economic management in communist and capitalist countries, as well as the global impact of multinational corporations; the impact of black markets, speculation, and trade in illegal products on national and global markets; patterns of inward, outward, and internal migration in the Middle East and North Africa, types of jobs involved, and the impact of the patterns upon national economies; the rapid economic development of East Asian countries in the late 20th century, and the relatively slow development of Sub-Saharan African countries)
Lesson 1: Specific Standards
United States History
Standard 30: Understands developments in foreign policy and domestic politics between the Nixon and Clinton presidencies
Level IV, Benchmark 1: Understands how the Nixon, Ford, and Carter administrations dealt with major domestic issues
Standard 44: Understands the search for community, stability, and peace in an interdependent world
Level IV, Benchmark 4: Understands the oil crisis and its aftermath in the 1970s (e.g., how the oil crisis revealed the extent and complexity of global economic interdependence; events that have affected world oil prices since 1950; relationships between U.S. domestic energy policy and foreign policy in oil producing regions since 1970)
State Standards (All Lessons)